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Our Mission: To promote the business interests of Florida defense contractors through focused, statewide activities in business development, industry education, and advocacy.
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FDCA is the only business association for Florida defense businesses of all sizes across Florida:

  • Focused on meeting your unique needs.

  • Connecting you with defense businesses, primes and subcontractors, all across Florida.

  • With a board like you, comprised of leaders from small to large Florida defense businesses.

  • Engaged for your success during uncertain times.

  • Advocating to improve your business climate.

  • Conducting events, activities, and advocacy specifically tailored for you and your defense business.
FDCA Directors bring together decades of combined experience in Florida economic development, business development, and governmental affairs

Chair, Tim Bagniefski
VP of Marketing and Business Development
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
President, Joe Marino
Vice-President, Noel McCormick
McCormick Stevenson Engineering and Design
Treasurer, Drew Harris
Systems Engineer / Network Administrator
First Commerce Credit Union
Secretary, Sue Englander
President and CEO
EEI Manufacturing Services
FDCA leads a statewide business network with members in varied and diverse industries. Hundreds of Florida companies earn prime contract defense revenue each year, and thousands more are subcontractors.

Each one contributes to and provides the best equipment and services in the world for our men and women serving in the US Armed Forces through:
Advanced Manufacturing
Information Technology
Research and Development
Simulation and Training
Security Services
Transportation and logistics
and more.
Over 100 businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors are FDCA Members.
Facts about Florida's defense industry.

Total Military and Defense economic impact: $73.4 Billion
Florida Defense Factbook 2013, Haas Center for Enterprise Florida (EFI)

Federal military procurement is a key driver of Florida’s high-wage, high-technology economy, generating...nearly 200,000 jobs across the state. [T]his accounts for a sizeable portion of Florida employment in key areas such as engineering and manufacturing.
Florida Defense Industry Economic Impact Analysis 2013, Haas Center for EFI

Procurement Totals by Year (in billions):

FDCA Corporate Membership
FDCA offers corporate Memberships for Florida defense businesses, prime and sub contractors, of all sizes, which earn revenue supporting or relating to national security (DoD/non-DoD revenue).

We also offer Associate Memberships for organizations which support or provide services to defense businesses.

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  • Affordable Dues
Directly connect with over 100 FDCA Member businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors, such as:

Full Public Membership Directory
Overall benefits of supporting FDCA with your membership dues:

Supporting Defense Businesses and the Industry
Providing You New Business Opportunities
Lowering Your Cost of Operating in Florida
Making Your Businesses More Competitive
Specific benefits to fit your unique business:

Members Assoc.
Voting Rights
Develop Your Business:
Exclusive Opportunities, Events, and Discounts; Access to Member Only Online 24 hour networking
Promote Your Business:
Listing on Website, Communications, and other online properties
Improve Your Business Climate:
Legislative Advocacy
Maximize Your Participation:
Up to 3 Point of Contact Representatives, sit on committees
Affordable dues for every business size:

Determine your business' Average Annual Florida Defense Revenue (AAFDR).

AAFDR = (Annual Revenue in FL) - (non-defense revenue) - (revenue subcontracted out)

AAFDR 12 month Dues
over $20 M $2000
$10 M to $20 M $1000
$5 M to $10 M $500
$2.5 M to $5 M $250
up to $2.5 M $175
Not a defense business $500
Events Drive Business Development
Business development opportunities occur when businesses connect. It takes time to find the right contact at the right company who can help your business succeed. Are you reaching your target audience?
FDCA events are open to all Florida defense business professionals (except the Federal Affairs Workshop). Members receive discounts.

  • Your Audience
  • Feature Events
  • Networking Events
  • Webinars
FDCA's audience is your audience. You have many options, and your time is valuable.

Your audience attends our events, which are specifically designed for defense businesses, so you receive a better return on your time and resources investment:

Decision Makers:
Business owners
CEO's, COO's, CFO's
Business Development Managers
Supply Chain Managers
and more.
Prime contractors
Small to Large Businesses
from every area of Florida
FDCA conducts four Feature Events a year, throughout Florida and Washington DC.

First Coast Defense Expo
November 6, 2014, Jacksonville, FL
Registration Closed
Florida Defense Day
February 2-3, 2015, Tallahassee, FL
Registration Open!
FL Defense Technology Showcase
Spring, 2015, Clearwater, FL
Registration Opening Soon
Federal Affairs Workshop
June 26, 2014, Washington, DC
Registration Closed
FDCA Member Only Event
Networking Events provide you an informal and relaxed setting to reach your audience. Attend locally or make your way around the state and expand your connections. You're invited!

Webinars are efficient tools for you to exchange knowledge and keep up with what is affecting the industry in Florida and your business.

Coming Soon!

Advocating a Better Business Climate
Florida Capitol Complex Florida's business climate greatly affects your competitiveness. Your company is a federal contractor, but is also a Florida business. We have unique issues our industry and businesses need to bring to the attention of state leaders.

Every major industry in Florida has a presence in Tallahassee. FDCA is yours.

Our focal point for advocacy is the Florida Legislature and Executive Branch during the annual Legislative Session. We are working on your behalf for:

  • Defense Works in Florida
  • Unemployment Insurance Relief
Economic development incentive for Florida prime contractors to target and award subcontracts to Florida small business subcontractors

Protect Florida federal contractors reducing workforce, as a result of contract termination for convenience, against higher unemployment insurance rates


Your business may or may not have the resources for a government affairs staff, or the time and relationships it takes to invest toward a better business climate in Florida; however, a small portion of FDCA membership dues goes towards this vital work.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Florida Defense Day, Tallahassee, February 3, 2015

You are invited to attend Florida Defense Day on February 2-3, 2015, in Tallahassee.

When:February 2, 2015 Networking Welcome Reception, Evening
February 3, 2015 Florida Defense Day, All Day
Where:Governor's Club
202 S Adams St, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Who:Open to defense contractors and business professionals, economic developers, special guests, and supporters of defense businesses in Florida and the state's proud defense heritage.

Florida defense businesses are vital to our national defense and to a prosperous Florida economy.

Each year, defense businesses assemble at the State Capitol on Florida Defense Day to promote a better business climate with industry friendly economic incentives, protection against adverse federal actions, and more.

Attend with defense companies of all sizes, from all over Florida, to:
  • Meet public officials who support defense contractors and the high wage, 21st century jobs we create
  • Educate the legislature and general public on the positive economic impact of the defense industry within the stat,
  • Advocate economic development proposals to make Florida the best place for defense companies to grow
  • Network with other Florida defense businesses and professionals to expand your business opportunities
  • Participate in Q&A with some of the state's top economic developers

Next SecDef: Familiar face, familiar problems - Navy Times

"The White House on Friday formally announced its nominee to run the Pentagon during the final months of the Obama administration, tapping Ash Carter, a well-known technocrat who is expected to "hit the ground running."

Carter has held high-level Defense Department jobs under Presidents Obama and Clinton, most recently as deputy secretary, the Pentagon's No. 2, from 2011 to 2013. He likely will take over as secretary of defense early next year after a Senate confirmation.

"Ash is rightly regarded as one of our nation's foremost national security leaders," Obama said in the Rose Garden on Friday morning. "He knows the Department of Defense inside and out.""

Next SecDef: Familiar face, familiar problems

Funding bill passes House, shutdown still looms - Federal Times

"The House of Representatives narrowly approved the $1 trillion “cromnibus” appropriations bill late Thursday that would fund most of government through October 2015, but the Senate wasn’t ready to act on it yet.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., took the floor late Thursday and said the body would act on the legislation “as soon as possible,” though he noted that as soon as possible for the Senate would not be soon enough to avert a shutdown.

A provision passed by the House included temporary funding to give the Senate two days to consider and debate the bill. Reid said the chamber will take up the appropriations bill Friday but not before dealing with the National Defense Authorization Act, which has to be voted on by 5 p.m."

Funding bill passes House, shutdown still looms | Federal Times |

G4S Government Solution, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, awarded $15,836,503

G4S Government Solution, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was awarded a $15,836,503 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N33191-11-D-0738) for exercise of option three for base operating services at Naval Support Activity, Kingdom of Bahrain. The work to be performed provides for, but is not limited to, all management, supervision, tools, materials, supplies, labor and transportation services necessary to perform trouble calls, security, facilities investment, custodial, pest control service, integrated solid waste, grounds maintenance, wastewater, operate reverse osmosis water treatment system and base support vehicles and equipment at the Naval Support Activity and its seven outlying areas. Contracts for Monday, December 01, 2014

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, awarded $18,487,338

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded an $18,487,338 modification (P00009) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-13-C-0028 exercising option year two for the management and logistics for all U.S. government Apache AH-64D helicopter fire control radar units. Contracts for Thursday, December 04, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, awarded $82,821,104

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $82,821,104 modification (P00023) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-12-C-0009 to exercise option year three performance based logistics program support for Apache Attack Helicopter modernized target designation sight/pilot night vision sensor equipment. Contracts for Monday, December 08, 2014

Readiness Management Support, L.C., Panama City, Florida, awarded $57,800,000

Readiness Management Support, L.C., Panama City, Florida, is being awarded a $57,800,000 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N65236-09-C-6972) for a ceiling increase and period of performance extension to provide continued Aviation Command and Control (C2) operations and maintenance support services at the current levels." Contracts for Tuesday, December 09, 2014

FDCA Welcomes New Member: Chandler Campbelle & Daschle

Chandler Campbelle & Daschle


Chandler & Campbelle Investment Group, LLC D/B/A Chandler Campbelle & Daschle is an SBA 8(a) certified Management Consulting Firm that provides professional management consulting and value- added reseller services to U.S. Department of Defense, Federal civilian, municipal, and commercial organizations.

Small Business 8A Firm Performing in the United States
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FDCA Membership Renewal: NEANY Inc.


Aviation & Aerospace

North Eastern Aeronautical Company is an independently owned company certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as an 8(a) business. NEANY has quickly grown from a small startup company to a significant force in the federal contracting arena. Certified as an 8(a) company in 2005 and ranked third in the nation for 8(a) contractors in 2011, NEANY has been supporting the government and private industries in areas including Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Unattended Ground Stations (UGS), ground-based sensor integration, prototype fabrication, and UAS pilot training, field deployment and logistics. NEANY partners with universities and national laboratories to build and deploy enhanced sensor and system capabilities to satisfy ISR missions supporting the global war on terror. NEANY supports numerous UAS efforts including Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems (PGSS), High-Performance Engagement Lightweight Integrated Optical System (HELIOS), Persistent Surveillance Unmanned Aerial System (PSUAS), and the Buckeye-Arrow UAS, which is the company's organic UAS platform.

Small Business 8A Firm Performing in the United States
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